What is a consolidated buy and how does one go about conducting a consolidated buy?
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There is no specific definition of "Consolidated Buy" in the FAR or DFARS. The consolidated buy (CB) acquisition strategy is that an organization plans to buy all of its need for a given item through one process. It may or may not be one contract. The idea is that by purchasing through one vehicle you will be creating volume buying and generating discount for those items. The higher up the chain, i.e. the larger the organization, the larger the expected buy and thus the discount. This type of acquisition strategy is commonly used for Information Technology (IT) items. An example of a CB effort would be the Army CHESS Program. Information on this program is located at the following website, https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/index.jsp